This commentator upon a
number of occasions has discussed various ramifications of the effort to limit the flow of unlawful immigration and
of the irresponsible counter-effort to protect or even expand the
flow. We are fortunate in
that, however belatedly, we now have an Attorney General of the United
States who is sage and relevantly experienced. Among his other
achievements, he was the roundly admired Chief Judge of the United
States District Court for the Southern District of New York (which
generally is evaluated as the most important, or with its District of
Columbia counterpart one of the two most important, of federal trial
courts in the nation).
The gap in procedures to limit unlawful immigration aggravated by the Supreme Court of the United States in its 5-4 Boumediene et al v Bush, President of the United States
decision hardly could be wider or more obvious. Attorney General
Michael R. Mukasey, in a learned and convincing address to the highly
respected American Enterprise Institute, has asked Congress to commence
consideration of legislation to fill in some of the wide gap.
Not surprisingly, that
recommendation immediately was endorsed by Chief Judge Royce C.
Lamberth, United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Judge Lamberth is not only competent and pragmatic but also is willing
to adjudicate decisively and to explain himself clearly.
Unfortunately and even more predictably, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid, D-NV, reacted in opposition. The Wall Street Journal
quotes the senator as having said: “Taking up such a highly charged
political issue in this election season is unlikely to lead to a good
faith and deliberative result that will [sic.] stand up to court
scrutiny . . . .”
How more obvious could
it be that when the Senate Majority Leader so derogatorily labels an
issue and negatively characterizes the result he would help create
there would be no legislation nor even an attempt at legislation? Is
it coincidence that some leftists do not want to curtail unlawful
immigration? Is it coincidence that some unquantifiable number of
unlawful immigrants already are voting as though they were citizens and
more some day likely will become citizens? Is it coincidence that most
of these folk would vote for those politicians who helped them?